Hartlepool summer night-time economy operation launches this weekend.
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People socialising in Hartlepool this summer will see extra patrols tackling crime and ASB which unfortunately tend to increase during this season.
Operation Night Owl’s high visibility patrols aim to offer reassurance to the public – particularly in response to feedback from some women that they often feel unsafe and have experienced predatory behaviour or unwelcome attention while on a night out.
To that end, plain clothed officers will also work across the town, proactively targeting this - and other issues such as drug use and dealing in pubs, clubs and venues.
Partnership working with the local authority, licensees and door staff will see licensing checks taking place and officers on hand to deal with issues at licensed premises.
Sergeant Luke Bradley Operational Lead for Night Owl said: “As well as licensing checks, we’ll carry out stop searches where appropriate and we want to engage with the public to reassure them police are doing all they can to keep people safe on their night out. We’re determined to make sure Hartlepool is a safer place for all.”
Inspector Roger Millward who is overseeing the operation added: “It’s essential we work closely with management of licensed premises, door staff and our colleagues at Hartlepool Borough Council to ensure a safe night out for everyone.
“These targeted patrols will run every weekend over the summer and I would encourage any members of the public with any concerns or issues to approach our officers for assistance.”